Tip Sheets: From AUNE Writing Center Tutors and Staff
Writing tutors and the director at the AUNE Writing Center have developed tip sheets on some areas where AUNE students seek support. You can review these sheets on your own, or come into the AUNE Writing Center to discuss them. At this time, the following tip sheets are available:
- Thesis Statements
- Writing Concisely
- Signal Phrases (introducing source material in research papers)
- Active and Passive Voice, Active and Passive Verbs
- Avoiding Comma Splices (and Fused or Run-on Sentences)
- A Checklist for Revision
- Articles (of particular interest to English Language Learners)
- Sample Timeline for Writing a Paper
- A Short Guide to Paraphrasing
Research and Citations
There are a number of ways cite references in your writing. The links below offer support for a variety of styles and approaches.
If you are just getting used to writing in APA Style, this tutorial covers the key parts.
You can also go to the OWL page for answers to particular APA questions: Purdue OWL on APA
For more links and guidance, check out the AUNE Library tutorials page, which covers citations and research, and the citations and bibliographies section, which provides information on APA, MLA, CSE, and ConBio citation formats.
Managing a number of citations in a large document can be challenging, but you can use free citation management software to streamline the process considerably. Two options to consider are Zotero, which can interface with Firefox and Word to grab citations during your research or function as a standalone, and Son of Citation Machine, which can help you generate the correct citation form for any given resource.
And of course, feel free to make an appointment with the Writing Center to come in and discuss any aspect of APA, citations generally, or integrating your sources!
Dissertations: Consultation via the Virtual Writing Center
Dr. Hidy Basta offers consultations to students who are working on dissertations. As Dr. Basta is located at AU Seattle, AUNE students work with her via the Virtual Writing Center (VWC). From Dr. Basta’s information sheet: “Consultations do not include editing services; the focus is on the more significant areas of structure, organization, argument, and purpose.” Students can get also get support from Dr. Basta prior to writing. Contact her via email to start the process, email@example.com. Note too that some AUNE Writing Center tutors are available for dissertation support. Contact the writing center director for details.
Proposal Writing and the Grants Process: AUNE’s Grants Office
AUNE Grants Office Director Don Woodhouse is available to meet with faculty, students, and staff regarding proposal writing and the grants process. He encourages appointments early in the process, and he can provide limited feedback on drafts as well, firstname.lastname@example.org
Research and Critical Thinking: University of Louisville Libraries
This page from the University of Louisville Libraries focuses on the link between research and critical thinking. It includes lists of questions to ask yourself during the research process.
Resumes and Job Searches: AU’s MyCareer Planner
MyCareer Planner, an AU resource, includes a step-by-step description of the job search process. You’ll find interest and skills assessments, resume templates, tips on keeping organized, and more. A short video tutorial provides an overview of what’s available on the site. To view this resource, you must be in “student view.” Go to the Portal, and sign in. In the Launch Pad (upper left corner of the screen), click on the MyCareer Planner icon.
Books on Writing
Sometimes, you just want to look at a book—in order to get energized, inspired, or to answer some questions about writing, revision, citing, etc. Below are a few books that students and faculty have found useful. The Library also has many other books on writing and research.
- A Pocket Style Manual, by Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers
- A Writer’s Reference, by Diana Hacker
- Woe is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English, by Patricia T. O’Connor
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, by the APA
- They Say, I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing, by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein
- The Elements of Style, by William Strunk and E.B. White
- Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, by Roy Peter Clark
- How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing, by Paul J. Silvia
- If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence, and Spirit, by Brenda Ueland
For Faculty and Tutors
Helping Multilingual Students Develop Writing Skills: Here you'll find notes on a workshop given by ELL and writing specialist Deirdre Vinyard, from UMASS. The notes focus on terms we use when referring to ELL students, things to keep in mind when working with ELL students, and strategies to help faculty and tutors support multilingual students as they develop writing skills in English. Sample Announcement on Writing Center, for Syllabi: Writers at all levels benefit from getting feedback on their writing. At AUNE, you have three options for writing support:
- Face-to-face support, available at the AUNE Writing Center in the library
- Writing support via Skype or phone, also available through the AUNE Writing Center
- Online writing support, available via the Virtual Writing Center, which operates out of AU Seattle and serves all AU students.
Multiple Components of the Writing Process: Purdue OWL
Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers a wealth of resources in a searchable format. You’ll find materials and answers on areas such as the following:
- Research and citations
- Resumes and cover letters
- Tutoring strategies